Evening, August 7, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Satan hindered us.” — 1 Thessalonians 2:18
Since the first hour in which goodness came into conflict with evil, in spiritual experience it has never ceased to be true that Satan hinders us. From all points of the compass, all along the line of battle, on the front lines and in the rear, at the dawn of day and in the midnight hour, Satan hinders us. If we toil in the field, he seeks to break the plow; if we build the wall, he labors to cast down the stones; if we would serve God in suffering or in conflict–everywhere Satan hinders us. He hinders us when we are first coming to Jesus Christ. We had ferocious conflicts with Satan when we first looked to the cross and lived. Now that we are saved, he endeavors to hinder the development of our personal character. You may be congratulating yourself, “I have walked consistently up to this point; no man can challenge my integrity.” Beware of boasting, for your virtue will yet be tried; Satan will direct his devices against those very qualities for which you are the most famous. If you have been a firm believer to this point, your faith will continually be attacked; if you have been meek as Moses, expect to be tempted to speak unadvisedly with your lips. The birds will peck at your ripest fruit, and the wild boar will dash his tusks at your choicest vines. Satan is sure to hinder us when we are heartfelt in prayer. He counters our persistence, and weakens our faith in order that, if possible, we may miss any blessing. Nor is Satan any less vigilant in obstructing Christian effort. There was never a revival of religion without a revival of his opposition. As soon as Ezra and Nehemiah begin to labor, Sanballat and Tobiah are stirred up to hinder them. What then? We are not alarmed because Satan hinders us, for it is a proof that we are on the Lord’s side, and are doing the Lord’s work, and in his strength we shall win the victory, and triumph over our adversary.